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Relationship to Similar Courses - Same Unit and Other Units

(page 2 of course request)

Relationship to Similar Courses: Same Unit Instructions

*A response to this question is required.

Enter in the box a brief explanation of the relationship of this course to other courses offered by the controlling unit. Identify specific courses by course subject and number. If course numbers/subjects are changing, use the proposed course subject and number.

Please answer this question as completely as possible, indicating how the course relates to the overall pattern of courses in your unit, and whether it overlaps with other departmental offerings. For example, if a course in contemporary civilization is to be added to other courses concerned with civilization, the overall pattern should be described. If a proposed course begins a new pattern of offerings, this too requires explanation.

Justify new courses in terms of deletion of other courses, new subject matter, and evidence of course need, e.g., enrollment in special topics offering, enrollment increase, expanded staff, etc. For 400 and 500-level courses, justify why this course will award graduate credit in terms of level of content, previous knowledge required, relevance to current research, methodology, etc. If not required for a degree or an elective in a specific degree program, please explain the purpose of the course within and outside the department (e.g., general education, elective for all freshmen, elective for engineering majors, course offered to meet needs of Continuing Education, etc.). When applicable, explain the function of the course within a specific degree program.


  1. This new course, ECON 370, is similar to ECON 270. ECON 370 is intended for Economics majors in the College of Business Administration. ECON 270 will be retained, but will be only serve students outside the B.S. in Economics (CBA) program.

  2. Expands the one-semester grammar review in Fr 333 to a full-year review, providing more time for careful study of grammar, and extensive speaking and writing practice. Prepares students for 400-level stylistics course.

  3. The focus of this course is ethical issues and dilemmas pertaining to disability. Although this topic is touched on in other courses in the program, it is not treated with the depth and scholarship of this course. This course is a complementary elective for students in all concentration areas of the M.S. in Disability and Human Development.

  4. Multivariate statistics is introduced in the introductory statistics sequence. This course provides students with a firm grounding in this subject, and is an advanced elective for students intending to pursue a graduate degree.

  5. This elective reinforces specific items from drug information and literature retrieval content as well as specific lectures in the required principles of drug action and therapeutics series (especially PHAR 401, 403). The overlap allows supplemental issues to be introduced and does not rely on the repeated presentation of prior material.

Relationship to Similar Courses: Other Units Instructions

*A response to this question is required.

Enter in the box a brief explanation of the relationship of this course to similar courses offered by other academic units at UIC. Identify specific courses by course subject and number. If the course subject and/or number of a course will be changed, use the proposed subject and number.

Where significant overlap exists, it is requested that units discuss the overlap with the departments controlling those courses that are similar before the course is proposed. In addition, it is recommended that the course be routed to overlapping units using the sign-off process (page 6) to allow these units to review the final version for their information and make any comments.

Routing a course to units that teach courses that are similar enables the campus to be sure that resources are being used most efficiently wherever possible. Communication between units regarding overlap issues often results in cooperative teaching arrangements, cross-lists, a wider choice of courses from which students may choose to fulfull degree requirements, or reduced duplication of course content being taught to different student groups across campus.

There are times when overlap of courses is acceptable, e.g.,

  • there may be minimal overlap of content with courses taught in other units;

  • the department which ordinarily teaches courses in the area of overlap may not be currently teaching the specific content due to lack of resources or expertise;

  • a course appears to overlap but is taught in a way that is very specific to majors in the context of their degree program, thus making the courses very different in their purpose and goals.


  1. No known overlap.

  2. This course is similar to other practicum teaching courses across campus that serve students in various secondary education programs. This course, however, focuses on supervising perspective secondary mathematics teachers, and is taught by faculty in our department. Other practicum teaching courses focus on different areas of emphasis and are taken by students in those specific programs.

  3. "Leadership and Management" is designed to give the student an in-depth understanding of what it means to be an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps with respect to running a division or platoon. Students are expected to learn about various management styles, planning, and coordinating. There are other management courses on campus, but the content in NS 202 is directly related to naval science and required to be taught in this manner by Chief of Naval Education and Training guidelines.

  4. Since both the Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science and Computer Science departments teach courses using the C programming language, there will be some overlap with courses offered by CS. MCS 360 is oriented specifically toward students in the MCS major, and it is designed to prepare them for more advanced MCS courses. See email from A. Faculty in CS dated 11/05/00 supporting the MSCS Department changes despite increased overlap between CS and MSCS undergraduate programs.

  5. Per W. Chairperson, chairperson of the Department of Philosophy, there is no overlap with current offerings in philosophy. Currently, there are no courses in philosophy specifically devoted to this topic, and philosophy courses tend to be more theoretical than applied in nature (per phone conversation with W. Chairperson, 10/10/99).

  6. No overlap per Dr. Nutrition, Human Nutrition and Dietetics Department, 07/14/88. This course will be on the list of recommended courses for the M.S. in Human Nutrition and Dietetics program.